Tiger Scouts: Team Tiger & Tigers in the Wild


Team Tiger and Tigers in the Wild are two more required adventures for the Cub Scout Tiger rank.

Team Tiger requirements are:

  1. List the different teams of which you are a part.
  2. With your den, make a den job chart that shows everyone doing something to help. As one of the den jobs, lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a den meeting.
  3. Pick two chores you will do at home once a week for a month.
  4. Make a chart to show three ways that members of your Tiger team are different from each other.
  5. Do an activity to help your community or neighborhood team.

We usually follow the Tiger Den Leader Guide, and it has been so helpful. One of the suggested activities was a “Diversity Scavenger Hunt,” which was basically like one of those ice breaker games where the boys went around and tried to find another Tiger that fit different statements and have them sign the paper. It was more like a ‘differences’ scavenger hunt. Examples included finding someone who was wearing a watch, someone who has a dog, someone wearing a hat, and someone who has a brother.

I formatted a Tiger Den Job Chart, and we discussed as a den the different jobs that the boys could do during the meeting. I wrote those tasks on the chart. The names of each Tiger Scout was written on a clothes pin, so the boys could rotate through the jobs.

Our Tiger Den did two service projects. The Tigers did a collection of toiletries for a church food pantry. The boys made signs and placed collection boxes around the church. When the collection, the Scouts met at the food pantry and sorted the items. They also got a tour of the food pantry. Our second activity was a service project to support our chartering organization. The Tigers stuffed the Easter eggs for the church’s Easter egg hunt.

Tigers in the Wild requirements are:

  1. With your adult partner, name and collect the Cub Scout Six Essentials you need for a hike. Tell your den leader what you would need to add to your list if it rains.
  2. Go for a short hike with your den or family, and carry your own gear. Show you know how to get ready for rsthis hike.
  3. Assistant Den Leader pointing out wildlife to the Tigers

    Do the following:

    1. Listen while your leader reads the Outdoor Code. Talk about how you can be clean in your outdoor manners.
    2. Listen while your leader reads the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. Discuss why you should “Trash Your Trash.”
    3. Apply the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids on your Tiger den and pack outings. After one outing, share what you did to demonstrate the principles you discussed.
  4. While on the hike, find three different kinds of plants, animals, or signs that animals have been on the trail. List what you saw in your Tiger handbook.
  5. Participate in an outdoor pack meeting or pack campout campfire. Sing a song and act out a skit with your Tiger den as part of the program.
  6. Find two different trees and two different types of plants that grow in your area. Write their names in your Tiger handbook.
  7. Visit a nearby nature center, zoo, or another outside place with your family or den. Learn more about two animals, and write down two interesting things about them in your Tiger handbook.

Finishing this loop has been a struggle. We’ve had so much rain in the area that the Pack’s spring camp out was rescheduled and then ended early on the rescheduled dates. We also had to reschedule our Den’s hike outing. When we did meet for a hike at a local nature preserve, there were so many mosquitoes! Insect repellent is definitely one of our den’s hiking essentials. Our Pack is holding its final pack meeting outdoors to help our Tigers truly meet requirement five. Other than the rain and mosquitoes, the Tigers had fun being outside and learning about local wildlife and trees.

Tiger Scouts: Tiger Bites & Backyard Jungle


The Tiger Den completed the “Tiger Bites” Adventure Loop. This loop is about recognizing healthy eats and emphasizing good manners and is required for the boy to progress to the Tiger rank.

The requirements are:

  1. Identify three good food choices and three foods that would not be good choices.
  2.  Show that you know the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Eat one of each.
  3. With your adult partner, pick a job to help your family at mealtime. Do it every day for one week.
  4. Show you can keep yourself and your personal area clean.
  5. Talk with your adult partner about what foods you can eat with your fingers. Practice your manners when eating them.
  6. With your adult partner, plan and make a good snack choice or other nutritious food to share with your den.

    Finding Timmy is always one of Trip’s goals when we’re at Trader Joe’s!

Number 1 was completed during a scavenger hunt at the wonderful Trader Joe’s of the Woodlands. The boys searched the store with their adult partners for good food choices and less healthy (but-oh-so-yummy) choices, found foods they’ve never seen before, and identified foods from local sources. Trader Joe’s was a great choice for a grocery scavenger hunt. One, the store has tons of variety, but it is also smaller and easier to navigate than a huge supermarket. Two, the staff at Trader Joe’s was terrific! They were so kind to the boys, and each Tiger got a sweet swag bag of healthy snacks.

They’ve also completed the “Backyard Jungle” Loop. It is also a required loop for the boys to advance to a Tiger rank. The requirements of this loop are:

  1. Take a 1-foot hike. Make a list of the living things you find on your 1-foot hike.
  2. Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area.
  3. Be helpful to plants and animals by planting a tree or other plant in your neighborhood.
  4. Build and hang a birdhouse.
  5.  With your adult partner, go on a walk, and pick out two sounds you hear in your “jungle.”

There are lots of opportunities to observe nature in our community. Still, as a Den Leader, I was a bit intimidated when I read the requirements for this loop…specifically because of requirement 3. Plant a tree with first graders?! But, this turned out to be such a valuable project. The Den’s Assistant Den Leader and I each went to a local Arbor Day celebration with our families, where the township handed out tree seedlings for free . We kept the seedlings until it was time for the den outing to plant them. My co-leader checked on local regulations on planting trees, and the Tigers planted the seedlings along a hike-and-bike trail. (Thanks to the Woodlands Township for donating thousands of trees to the community every year!)

The Woodlands Township Mascot, Puffy Pine Cone, at the Arbor Day Celebration.

Trip’s Birdhouse. The Den used a classic idea…made a birdhouse out of a cleaned milk jug.


Leslie Sansone Walk to the Hits All Time Favorites Review


I received a complimentary copy of Leslie Sansone’s Walk to the Hits: All Time Favorites* for lesliereview. Associate links are marked (*).

In Walk to the Hits: All Time Favorites*, Leslie Sansone declares, “I want you to get excited about getting fit!” If you’re motivated by music, Sansone’s Walk to the Hits series might be a fun choice for you!

All Time Favorites includes three miles of indoor walking. The menu allows you to complete a single mile or do the entire workout. Don’t feel bad if you only have time for a mile. Sansone says, “Anytime you want to do a mile at a time, it’s fine.”

The workout includes a fun soundtrack, including “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Let’s Twist Again,” and “Knock on Wood.”

The workout includes familiar moves like marching in place, forward kicks, and knee raises. “HIIT” (High Intensity Interval Training) is incorporated into the workout, but overall, the sessions would only be high intensity for true beginners.

The first mile is 20 minutes and includes the warm up. There is a short burst of higher intensity moves with impact (like jogging in place).

The middle mile is 13 minutes. This workout features “Let’s Twist Again,” and no surprise twisting is included in the workout! Once again, there are moves that are described as “HIIT” but are not that high intensity.

Mile three includes is 20 minutes and includes that cool down. Higher intensity  moves include bounces and jogging in place.

Sansone is–as usual–enthusiastic. She has a constant smile on her face, and she really seems to enjoy walking with the crew.

The menu allows you to do the workout with Sansone’s instruction or with music only. Unfortunately, you can’t build a workout (like just doing warm up, Mile 2, and cool down). The back of my copy of the DVD says the workout alternates five minute speed segments with 12-minute HIIT Sessions, but this breakdown is not entirely accurate.

This is the kind of workout you can do without getting discouraged by complicated choreography. It is perfect for a beginner looking to start adding some higher-intensity moves and for music lovers looking for some light cardio.

My Friend Eric Rohmann at Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum


The traveling exhibit, My Friend Eric Rohmann, is on display at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. Trip and I were in Omaha over the Thanksgiving holiday to visit family. We went to the Joslyn the day after Thanksgiving. It was a fun visit!

The Joslyn has added a great kids’ area, Art Works. It is a drop-in “place for curiosity.” There are stations to make stop-motion animation, digital paintings, still-life drawings, and other hands-on activities.


Making a short animation movie

The artwork of Eric Rohmann is displayed in two hallway galleries near Art Works. This is another exhibit organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas.

There are delightful animal illustrations from Rohmann’s works, including illustrations from the wonderfully wordless, Time Flies*. (The dinosaur illustrations have made this one of Trip’s favorites!) We discovered some new favorites, like the squirrels in Last Song and the jungle animals of Oh, No!*


“Last Song”

The books were nearby, so they could be read to grandparents (in Trip’s case). Pages with displayed illustrations were marked.

The exhibit is at the Joslyn until January 3, 2016. It is included with the free admission.

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David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum at Irving Arts Center


The Irving Art Center has an traveling exhibit of illustrations done by David Shannon. The exhibit was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. We went through Abilene too late during our recent trip to New Mexico to see the exhibit; it had just moved on to Irving.

David Shannon is one of Trip’s favorite author/illustrators, so we made a point to see it in Irving.

“David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum” includes familiar illustrations from Shannon’s large collection of work. There were works from familiar stories like No David!Good Boy, Fergus!, and (Trip’s favorite) Too Many Toys. There were also works that we had not read before, such as the Hawaiian legend of The Shark God. And, Bugs in My Hair! had me itching just thinking about lice (ew!).

Throughout the exhibit, there were books to pick up and read, and the pages with displayed works were marked. Trip and I took turns reading to each other in the gallery.

David Shannon

“David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum” is on display in Irving until January 31, 2016 (and free) before it heads off to its next location.

Bonus:  The exhibit “Polar Obsession: Photographs by Paul Nicklen” is spectacular and also on view until January 31 (and also free). Some of the images were familiar, and Trip reminded me that they were on a screensaver on our TV!

Tiger Scouts: Bobcat, Games Tigers Play Loop & Raingutter Regatta


Trip joined Cub Scouts this fall, and as a first grader, he’s a Tiger Scout. I am serving as Den Leader for the Tigers. Trip has received the Bobcat badge, and the den is working on getting the Tiger badge.

The Bobcat badge is the first “rank” boys receive when they join Cub Scouts. To earn the badge, the Scout should:

  1. Learn and say the Scout Oath, with help if needed.
  2. Learn and say the Scout Law, with help if needed.
  3. Show the Cub Scout sign. Tell what it means.
  4. Show the Cub Scout handshake. Tell what it means.
  5. Say the Cub Scout Motto. Tell what it means.
  6. Show the Cub Scout Salute. Tell what it means.
  7. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide—Bobcat Requirements.

Our den played some games and practiced together to complete Requirements #1-6.

The Tigers in the den just completed their “Games Tigers Play” belt loop. It is one of the required loops on the road to earning the Tiger badge.

To earn this loop, the requirements are to:

  1. Play two initiative or team-building games with the members of your den. Listen carefully to your leader while the rules are being explained, and follow directions when playing. At the end of the game, talk with the leader about what you learned when you played the game. Tell how you helped the den by playing your part.
  2. Make up a game with the members of your den.
  3. Make up a new game, and play it with your family or members of your den or pack.
  4. While at a sporting event, ask a player or coach why he or she thinks it is important to be active.
  5. Bring a nutritious snack to a den meeting. Share why you picked it and what makes it a good snack choice.

It was interesting to watch the boys working on their teamwork, listening, and compromising skills, especially with #1 and #2. The assistant den leader and I tried to guide the process. Requirement #3 was especially fun. The boys made up some great games, and they worked on their presentation skills while sharing the games and explaining the rules.

Requirement #4 was awesome. The den went to a local high school girls’ basketball game. On a planning note, girls’ high school games seem more accessible than boys’ games because the coach was willing to meet with Raingutterthe boys, ticket prices were reasonable, and (for better or for worse) they don’t always have high attendance. I had arranged to meet with the coach after the game.

The boys were extremely excited to cheer on the home team, and it was  a close game in the end. Later the girls told us they could hear the boys cheering and yelling, and they loved it. The coach and the entire team met with the Tigers for about ten minutes after the game and answered questions about being athletes. (And…everyone was in pretty good spirits because the home team won!)

Our pack also had the Raingutter Regatta. The boys decorated boats from a kit. My parents were in town the week before the event, and my dad helped Michael fashion a Minions boat with blue and yellow paint and printed duct tape. Trip took home a few trophies–one for first place among the Tigers and the other for third place overall. It was a fun afternoon.

Now, the boys are working on the next loop–Tiger Bites!

Leslie Sansone The Burn to the Beat! Walk Review


I received a complimentary copy of this DVD for review purposes. Affiliate links are marked (*).

Leslie Sansone has a new release, The Burn to the Beat! Walk (2015)*. Thisburn is a great beginner to advanced beginner workout.

The workout is divided into three sections: a 20-minute “Easy Beat Mile,” a 15-minute “Brisk Beat Mile,” and a 12-minute “Super Beat Mile.”

The 20-minute “Easy Beat Mile” includes a warm up. During this workout, there is a 3 mph beat, and Sansone introduces the four core moves that are included in all her walking workouts–marches, side-to-side steps, kicks, and knee ups. Sansone says this is a good workout to “warm up or rejuvenate.”

The 15-minute “Brisk Beat Mile” is set to a 4 mph beat. The moves include the classic walking moves, and there are slightly more complicated steps like V-Steps.

The final workout, the 12-minute “Super Beat Mile,” is done to a 5 mph beat. This workout includes “boosted” moves like small jumps, shuffles with punches. The cool down follows this workout.

The DVD also includes a 20-minute “After the Burn” toning workout that focuses on the core and lower body. There are moves like bridges, opposite reach balance while on all fours, and planks.

This workout is uncomplicated and is done at a beginner to intermediate level. As always, Sansone is perky and offers great cues. She also offers good life tips. In this workout, she suggests that viewers not allow too much time to pass without exercising. She says, “Your health can’t wait.”

There is no option to customize your own workout, which would have been a good inclusion.